Apple Releases Latest iOS Update, Fixes Bug That Allowed iPhone Jailbreak

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  • Jailbreaking an iPhone lets people customize their iOS devices and run unsupported apps.
  • A security researcher who goes by the name of “Pwn20wnd” published a jailbreak for the earlier iOS 12.4 update

Apple has fixed a bug for the second time after it accidentally unpatched it in a recent software update, leaving its devices vulnerable to cyber criminals.

Apple released the latest iOS 12.4.1 update, on Monday with a security fix that was first patched months earlier in iOS 12.3 update. In July, it had accidentally unpatched the bug in its iOS update 12.4.

In a brief security advisory, Apple said the new update “12.4.1” introduces a fix for a kernel vulnerability in which “a malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with system privileges”.

Jailbreaking alert

A security researcher who goes by the name of “Pwn20wnd” published a jailbreak for the earlier iOS 12.4 update last week.

In its security notes, Apple also included a short acknowledgement to Pwn20wnd saying, “We would like to acknowledge @Pwn20wnd for their assistance.”

Jailbreaking an iPhone lets people customize their iOS devices and run unsupported apps. Several iPhone users tweeted that they were successfully running the “jailbreak”.

Apple recently announced to pay up to $1 million to security researchers for finding flaws and vulnerabilities as part of its bug bounty programme.

 

Inputs: IANS

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